“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Santa Fe in Galveston County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Alta Loma Cemetery

Alta Loma Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, January 16, 2020
1. Alta Loma Cemetery Marker

Organized in 1897, this burial ground served the ranching and farming community of Alta Loma. In 1893 the Alta Loma Investment and Improvement Company, located in Colorado, established the town site, whose name means "High Land" in Spanish. In 1894 William Skirvin, who is buried here, led the first party of settlers to the new town.

When the investment company established Alta Loma it set aside land for cemetery use. However it was not until 1897 when the company presented the deed to the town for this property. The first burial here occurred that year, when the infant son of the Stobart family died. Others interred include members of early pioneering families who raised longhorn cattle in the area, as well as residents of other nearby settlements. In addition, community and business leaders, immigrants, teachers, preachers, veterans of military conflicts dating to World War I are also buried here. The Alta Loma Cemetery Association, organized in 1904, continues to maintain the community burial ground. Cemetery features include curbed plots, vertical stones, false crypts, grave slabs and statuary.

In 1978, Santa
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Fe incorporated Alta Loma into its city limits. As one of the few remaining vestiges of Alta Loma, this burial ground is a reminder of the non-extant settlement. It continues to serve as a testament to the pioneering men and women who resided here long ago and is a record of their once thriving community.

Historic Texas Cemetery - 2007
Marker is property of the State of Texas
Erected 2007 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15227.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial SitesRailroads & Streetcars.
Location. 29° 21.067′ N, 95° 5.317′ W. Marker is in Santa Fe, Texas, in Galveston County. Marker can be reached from Avenue M north of 32nd Street, on the right when traveling north. Marker is inside the cemetery. The cemetery is off of Avenue M 0.25 miles south of 28th street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Victoria TX 77901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Miller-Brautigam Home (approx. one mile away); Original Site of First Baptist Church of Alta Loma (approx. 1.1 miles away); Alta Loma (approx. 1.4 miles away); Hitchcock Depot (approx. 1.6 miles away); Santa Fe Consolidated High School
A portion of Alta Loma Cemetery and its Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, January 16, 2020
2. A portion of Alta Loma Cemetery and its Marker
(approx. 2.1 miles away); U.S. Naval Air Station (approx. 2.7 miles away); Camp Wallace (approx. 2.7 miles away); Dairy Industry in the Santa Fe Area (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Fe.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 17, 2020, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 270 times since then and 115 times this year. Last updated on January 18, 2020, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 17, 2020, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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